The following books are some of many we would recommend for reading before coming to the Alps. Some are what we would call ‘background’ reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins.
Author: Justi Carey, Publisher: Cicerone
This book contains around 50 walks which bring the best of the Julian Alps to the English-speaking walker. The walks are based around five bases – Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj – all of which have a range of accommodation and public transport facilities. There is something here for everyone – from easy valley walks and rougher forest trails to high mountain protected routes, some of which require Alpine mountaineering experience.
Author: Cathie Carmichael, James Gow, Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
One of Europe’s smallest countries, with a population of less than 2 million, Slovenia has an ancient and distinct national culture. It emerged in 1991 after fighting a brief war of independence to leave behind the remnants of Tito’s Yugoslavia. Traces of the Slovene language are found in documents of the ninth century, a system of peasant democracy is recorded in medieval times, and a Slovene Bible appeared as early as 1557. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of Slovenia and its people, including details of political, economic, military and cultural life.
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Author: Misha Glenny, Publisher: Penguin Books
In this penetrating book–now with a new chapter covering events through 1995, including U.S. involvement–Misha Glenny offers a sobering eyewitness chronicle of the countdown to war, exploring the human realities behind the headlines, and puts one of the most ferocious civil wars of our time into its true, historical context. Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs.
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